My 5 for Friday (May 13, 2016)

Your Start to a Well-Read Weekend

How does it feel to be debt-free? Do you want more productive meetings? And what words should you avoid as a leader?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday:

  1. 3 Words You Should Drop From Your Leadership Vocabulary Starting Now by Carey Nieuwhof. Words really to matter. According to Nieuwhof, “Words matter when you’re a leader, and not all words are equally useful. In fact, you should banish at least three from your leadership vocabulary.” Find out those three words in this article.
  2. The 4 Phase Planning Process for Church Leaders by Tony Morgan. Have you every considered your church’s planning process. Morgan says that, “Few churches have a great planning process. Most don’t even have a good planning process, if they have a process at all.” In this article, he gives a four phase planning process for church leaders to consider.
  3. 10 Ways to Increase Results in Meetings by Selma Wilson. According to Wilson, “Time is one of the most valuable things you lead in your organization. Time wasted is a high cost to your team. There is nothing more frustrating than having an unproductive meeting and organizations do it all the time.” This article provides ways for you to make your next meeting more productive.
  4. Are You Answering the Call to Generosity? by For many, generosity is a challenge. According to, “Since generosity doesn’t come naturally to human beings, we’re diving deeper to explore what being generous really means—and how it shapes the legacy we’re building.” If you are struggling to give, this article provides you five questions to consider.
  5. 9 Reasons Paying Off Debt was one of the Best Decisions I Ever Made by Bob Lotich. Lotich was covered in debt. But not anymore. Lotich writes, “It is absolutely one of the best decisions I ever made and I can’t help but wish that everyone I know could experience some of the joys of having all of your debt paid off.” In this article, he gives several reasons why he is so grateful to be debt-free.

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